Monday, May 16, 2022

Belfast Saltwater Boat Show This Weekend


In-Water Boat Demos

This weekend Hamlin's Marine is hosting a Boat Show on the Belfast waterfront located at 7 Front Street.  This event will be focused on saltwater models from builders including Scout, Jeanneau, Chris CraftWeldcraft, Sea Chaser, Hurricane, & Carolina Skiff.

In addition to the boats, we will have Yamaha and Honda gas outboards and our new line of battery-powered Torqueedo motors on display.  Come for great deals on Helly Hansen nautical clothing and Maui Jim sunglasses.  Pre-Register HERE to win $1000 worth of Helly Hansen gear.

Stylish Helly Hansen Gear

The best part about this event is that you can test drive the boat of your dreams!   Check out the boats displayed at our last on-water event in Belfast:

Model Showcase This Weekend


This boat is the most anticipated arrival for the 2022 season.  This plate aluminum, industrial grade fishing machine is powered by twin Yamaha F250s with the latest version of Helm Master for joystick navigation and autopilot.   The boat is currently in the shop getting anti-fouling bottom paint and a new Garmin 8612 Chartplotter.  She will be heading to Belfast via the Penobscot just in time for the show.


This super-cool weekender is built for adventure and is surprisingly affordable.  Our NC695 Sport is equipped with some key options including an upgraded Garmin suite, a Fishing Kit, Roof Storage Rack for Paddleboard, Extra Cockpit Seating, and enough LED Lumens to search a shoreline in an inky black night.


This 24 ft. Center Console with twin Yamaha F150s is in-stock!   At the show, Hamlin's will also have the popular 22 HFC & 20 HFC center console models on display.  Sea Chaser gives the most for your dollar including one of the sickest sound systems integrated into the molded hard top.  The Evening Sky hull color and powder coated black T-Top frame is strikingly beautiful!

Come see Hamlin's Marine in Belfast this Friday-Sunday!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

June Opening for Hamlin's Marine on Sebasticook Lake in Newport


Last fall, Hamlin's Marine purchased an aging factory that has long produced most of the world's drumsticks.  Vic Firth is famous for making over 40,000 wooden drumsticks every day that end up in the hands or rock stars, school bands, and enthusiastic drummers all over the world.  The business is so successful that Vic Firth recently upgraded to a modern facility and moved into the Newport industrial park.  

Here is more on that story:

Included in the purchase was nearly 70,000 square feet of indoor space, 400 feet of waterfront shoreline adjacent to the municipal boat ramp, and an enormous amount to tidy up.  Check out some of these Before pictures:

Future Seasonal Sales Office

Cover Art for the Movie Saw III

Future Boat Display Area

The project is pretty enormous, so I am very thankful that my father-in-law & Newport resident, David Hamlin, and his grandson, Chris Duffy, have been enthusiastic to help get Hamlin's going in Newport.  

Chris Duffy & Dan Higgins (Me)

Here is what Chris is planning in Newport from a recent email (some redactions):

Hello Beautiful People!!!

Dan, David & Chris Hamlin, and I spent the morning in Newport putting together a plan to take advantage of a great situation for us there. We are excited to officially announce that we are going to get underway to open a seasonal sales office that can double as a great winter showroom to take advantage of a market that is ripe for the taking.  Along with sales, we will be advertising             storage for all toys, not just boats.

With our company resources, the on-water facility, and the team we have in place Hamlin’s Marine(a) is going to establish yet another giant footprint in the Maine boating market. WHEN this is a major success, the opportunities will be endless for us. A marina, outdoor concert series, live entertainment, food trucks, boat demos, boat shows, boat rentals, fishing events, to list a few. This is a big deal for the entire company and will be a great opportunity for the sales team to be able to show boats on the water to give the true experience.

We have established an opening date of goal of              and have a lot of work to do to achieve the goal.                                                                                                                                                                          but it is going to open a whole new world for the business. We have long wanted to be able to access the Moosehead market and now we will.

 The tentative schedule when we do open is I will be there Thurs-Friday 8-5 and Saturday 8-12, and by appointment only on the other days of the week. If it takes off like we know it will we will revisit.

Get excited because we are about to accomplish some really cool stuff.




Chris Duffy

Sales Department

You will see our Hamlin's Marine team on the waterfront in Newport throughout the month of May.  We will be patching, landscaping, grading, painting, and hopefully sweating due to warmer weather. 

Hamlin's Marine will soon be displaying new boat packages on land and in water.  Hewitt boat lifts and Candock floating modular docking will soon be on site as well.  

Candock Custom Docking

Weldcraft 210 Revolution

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Win a Yamaha Outboard at Fishing Fever


Spring is finally coming around with some warmer weather!  Just in time for Fishing Fever at Hamlin's Marine in Waterville this Friday and Saturday!

Make sure that you pre-register HERE for the event, so that you qualify for a chance to win a new Yamaha F2.5 outboard at the show.

Fishing Fever is a disco-themed boat show and expo with over thirty new fishing boats available for sale.  Make sure to dust off your Leisure Suit, throw on some shades, and rock a handle bar mustache for a deep discount on a new fishing boat from brands including Alumacraft, Weldcraft, G3, Carolina Skiff, Scout, and Sea Chaser.

We will have the regional Garmin rep, John Anderson, demonstrating the latest GPS and sonar technology.  

John will also have a display of Fusion marine audio equipment.

On Saturday, Hamlin's will host a Free bring your appetite!

Monday, April 11, 2022

Fishing Fever at Hamlin's Marine


John Travolta is a part-time Maine resident with a swanky pad on Islesboro.  If John is anything like the rest of us Mainahs, I bet he's trading in his Saturday Night Fever for some Fishing Fever because the ice is breaking up on all the ponds!

What do you do when the records stop and the ice goes out?  You head to Hamlin's Marine in Waterville on Friday, April 22nd & Saturday, April 23rd.  Hamlin's Marine is hosting our First Annual Fishing Fever Party and Boat Sale.  

Hamlin's Marine will be breaking out our best deals on fishing boat packages from Alumacraft, G3, Weldcraft, Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, Scout, Bennington pontoons, Godfrey pontoons, and Jeanneau all powered by reliable Yamaha outboards.

Some of the models will be pre-packaged with some of the latest fish slaying technology, like the new Garmin Force Trolling Motor...

And the new Raymarine Axiom 12" Fishfinder and Chartplotter...

Not only will our Fishing Fever Party and Boat Sale have the Funkiest Deals on the finest fishing vessels, but Hamlin's will be giving away a Free Yamaha F2.5SMHA 4-Stroke Outboard.

In order to be entered into the drawing, you must pre-register on our website at this link:

Register to Win a Yamaha 4-Stroke Outboard


Sign in at our event to prove attendance.

Hamlin's Marine will be sponsoring a BBQ Lunch on Saturday from 11 until 1, so bring your appetite!   Don't forget to bring your wallet too, won't want to miss out on the best deals of the season.  Over 35 fishing boat packages will be on display!

Party until the sun goes down, or at least until 4 P.M.   We will supply the Disco Ball, Music, and Good Times!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Belfast Boat Show Pontoon Boat Preview


This Thursday through Sunday, Hamlin's Marine will be hosting a boat show in Belfast at our showroom at 7 Front Street.  

Don't forget to Pre-Register if you are coming to the show to be entered into a drawing for a new Outboard Motor.  

Our pontoon boat display will be a show highlight with fourteen pontoon packages from Bennington and Godfrey.  From budget-friendly to luxury & performance...we will have them all available for your viewing pleasure.  Here are a couple of our top picks:

Bennington 16SVL 

Options: Sharkhide pontoon protectant, 4 pole rod holder, tilt steering, Monaco blue panels & canvas, silver Simtex vinyl upholstery, Zebrawood trim accents, woven vinyl silver flooring, Garmin Striker 4 fish finder, portable cup holders, tilt steering, & Yamaha High Thrust 25 HP outboard.  Click Here for factory photos of the model on display in Belfast.

The Bennington 16 SVL package is value priced at $24,995, or 10% down & $238/mo with approved financing.

Sweetwater 2086C Triple Sport Toon

Options: Fusion Color Cast stereo, Extreme Steering with tilt, Wicker wrapped seat boxes, Upgraded rectangle table, Captain's chair upgrade, Hatch Carmel flooring, Ski Tow bar, Metallic Bronze rail skins, 25" Outer Tubes, 27" Center Sport Tube, Seat Covers, Keel strips, Canopy Dome Light, & Yamaha 115 Super High Performance outboard.  Click Here for more photos.

The Sweetwater 2086 Triple Sport Tube package is show priced at $44,656, or 10% Down & $369/mo with approved financing.

Bennington 23LTSB Bowrider

Click Here for more photos.

Options: Ski Pylon, Privacy station, Stainless Steel Docking Lights, Garmin 742 Display, Power Distribution Center, Power Assist Steering, Lighted Speakers and Grill, Stainless Aft Rail, Dual Gates, Pillowtop Diamante Pressed Seats, Exterior Side Lights, Toe Kick Lighting, RGB Control Panel, Rockford PMX Stereo Upgrade, Sport Arch, Black Out Package, Silver Simtex Upholstery, EzLoader trailer, and Yamaha 250 Super High Output motor.  

The Bennington 23LTSB Bowrider is show priced at $116,867, or 10% Down and $827/mo with approved financing.

Sweetwater 2286 FS

Click Here for more photos.

Options: Universal Phone Holder, Fusion Color Cast Stereo, Extreme Steering with Tilt, Lowrance Hook Reveal 5 Fishfinder, Wicker Wrapped Seat Bases, Upgraded Rectangle Table, Lockable Rod Storage, Changing Room, Upgraded Captain's Chair, Lakeport Plank Flooring, Ski Tow Bar, Rail Skin Charcoal, LED Docking Lights, Trolling Motor Harness Kit, Seat Covers, Cabana Enclosure, & Yamaha 115 HP outboard.  Boat Show price of $50,950, or 10% Down & $421/mo with approved financing.

We hope to see you in Belfast this week at the Belfast Freshwater Boat Show!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Weldcraft is the New King of Maine Waters


280 Cuddy King in Seafrost Green

Many years ago, the undisputed champion of Maine waters was Lund Boats.  Back then, Hamlin's Marine sold Lund Boats rigged with reliable Yamaha and Honda outboards.  Like many other brands, Lund was purchased by a big corporation that favored Mercury outboards.  Game over for Hamlin's Marine and many of our loyal Lund customers.  

Hamlin's Marine helped to build a new champion in Maine.  Polar kraft boats grew from a little known brand into one of the best selling fishing boats in Maine.  Click Here for the complete story on the switch from Lund to Polarkraft way back in 2011.

Then cracks started to show at Polarkraft with several ownership changes.  All good things must come to an end, and another King was destined to fall.  

So, five years ago I went in search of the ultimate answer.   I drove way, way out west until I hit Clarkston, Washington.  I passed through a foreign world of ghost towns, dust, and smoke.

Ridin' Dirty
Snake River Blanketed in Smoke

Lonely Place

When I finally arrived at the Weldcraft factory, I learned what the term Stackin' Dimes meant.

Welding Perfected Like Stacked Dimes

The Weldcraft plant does things with a level of precision I've never seen at a boat plant:

Five years later, Hamlin's Marine brought the first West Coast style heavy-gauge aluminum boats to the New England Boat Show.  Check out some of the Weldcraft models we have available for sale right now at Hamlin's Marine.

18 Angler Sport

210 Revolution

Maverick 220

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Don't Wish...Fish! Hamlin's Marine has Affordable Family Fishing Boats


Alumacraft 145 Escape Side Console

If this is the new normal, I'd rather be out on the water fishing.  Every chance I get to go fishing in Maine creates a memory; it is an amazing way to reconnect with family and friends.  With all that is uncertain in the world, the excitement and anticipation of a fishing trip adventure never seems to change.  

All of us at Hamlin's Marine share a lot of joy when we get a family in a new fishing boat.  We've got fishing boat packages available now for any budget.

My first pick is the Alumacraft 145 CS package, with Yamaha 25, and Ezloader trailer.  


Impressive Features & Comfort in a Smaller Boat

Alumacraft has been building quality Deep V, riveted fishing boats for 75 years.  From a quality and resale perspective, the Alumacraft Escape is light years ahead of the Big Box store competitors.  

Our 145 Escape package runs just $175/mo with $1930 down with approved financing.

Writing about Alumacraft reminded me of a salmon fishing trip Hamlin's Marine took in 2017 to Sebago Lake.  What a blast...

My next pick is the G3 V167, Yamaha 40 HP, and G3 Custom Trailer.  This package is pure utility with plenty of storage, rugged vinyl flooring, a simple console, and a couple of fishing seats that can be installed as the fisherman prefers.  

The G3 V167 is an extreme-duty boat with a hull gauge thickness of .100".  The 81" Beam gives the boat a great deal of stability on rough water, and the spray rails lend for a dry ride.  

Hamlin's can get you in a G3 V167 side console, Yamaha 40, and custom trailer package for just $212/mo with $2351 down with approved financing.

The final pick is in super-high demand and is extremely rare for this neck of the woods.  The Weldcraft 18 Angler Sport, Yamaha 90 HP, and Ezloader roller trailer is built all the way out in Clarkston, Washington by Renaissance Marine Group.  I'll call a spade a spade...this is the best freshwater trolling rig money can buy.  Super tall windshield and canvas set, massive cockpit, and no mid-west style casting decks to get in the way.

Massive Fishing Cockpit

A Weldcraft 18 Angler, Yamaha 90 HP, and trailer package starts at just $379/mo with $5644 down with approved financing.

Weldcraft fishing boats are the perfect platform to outfit with the latest electronics and fishing equipment.  This video should give you some inspiration!